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this morning at a bp gas field in response to france's military -- the obama administration was quick to react. the u.s. official told me this afternoon that as of now the attack appeared organized. as we have been reporting for many months al qaeda inspired and linked groups are flourishing. we spoke to a military leader in the islamist group which has taken over and terized northern mali. he is working with one of the most senior leaders in africa who has claimed responsibility for today's attack. the fate of the hostages, they are at risk because things have to change. we cover the story from every angle and we will be speaking with mike rogers and chairman ed rice. we begin with cnn pentagon correspondent. this has been developing throughout the day and we have been struggling to chase this down and get the details. the u.s. government says it is taking the lead on the hostage situation. what is it doing tonight to make sure that the americans being held hostage are safe. >> the first thing they gave was to get satellite surveillance over that area which means that the fbi can now monitor
to france military offensive. the obama administration was quick to react. leon panetta called it a terrorist attack. a u.s. official told me as of now the attack appeared organized, not spontaneous. al qaeda linked groups are flourishing. we spoke to a leader in the islamic group. he is working with one of al qaeda's most senior leaders, mokhtar mel mokhtar. >> the fate of these hostages, they are at risk, because things have to change. that's what he said. tonight, we cover the story from every angle. we will be speaking with mike rogers and ed royce. >>> we begin with cnn pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence. obviously, this has been developing throughout the day. we have been struggling to chase this down and get the details. the u.s. government says it is taking the lead on the hostage situation. what is it doing to make sure the americans who are being held hostage are safe? >> erin, the first thing they did was to get some satellite surveillance over that area which means that the fbi can now monitor to some extent what is happening on the grown. the next thing the u.s
they will pose a threat. the obama administration to say this was a terrorist attack immediately. are they doing a good job handling this one? >> it is too early to tell. this is a difficult one. i'm not going to say that. when you have a group like this that is clearly well-organized, i think it was pre-planned, that had this much success with this many hostages. this is as hard a problem as it gets on the ground to unwind. the outcomes of these are not always great. that said, what we don't have is an overarching policy. this is what many of us have been talking about. mali is the first victim of libya, because of the weapon cashes that were raided and the inability of anyone to stop those weapons and people. you had tune you had tu nearbyians coming down. you have all of this converging together. it makes it a very, have he dangerous recipe. that's why you can't just handle mali or benghazi. you have to have an overarching plan that puts pressure on these groups. you can't just fire a few missiles and pack up and go home and hope for the best. it is not going to work. this is a can of worms.
are being held by terrorists. but we do know the united states, the obama administration has rejected an offer to exchange an undisclosed number of american hostages. other hostages have been freed and hair he would winning new details are emerging about their treatment. for the details, let's bring in jill dougherty. she's over at the state department. jill? >> wolf, just a few minutes ago here at the state department i was upstairs, secretary clinton meeting with the japanese foreign minister and both of them discussing this crisis in algeria. she said that she had spoken yet again with her algerian counterpart and she stressed once again, she said, the upmost concern they have is for the safety and security of the hostages. but when i asked her about the criticism that's being leveled by the united states and other countries against some aspects of this operation, the algerian operation, here is what she said. >> let's not forget, this is an act of terror. the perpetrators are the terrorists. they are the ones who have assaulted this facility, have taken hostage algerians and other
. erin? >> all right, thanks very much to you, mary. >>> "outfront" next, the obama administration very concerned about the terror threat in northern africa, warning americans to stay away. >>> and later, facebook's ceo likes chris christie. i know where those two met. will the other tech leaders throw their support behind the gop? >>> welcome back to the second half of "outfront." we start with stories where we focus on reporting from the front lines. we begin with north korea, which warns it plans to carry out a nuclear test that targets the united states, the supposed sworn enemy of the korean people. in the u.s., meanwhile, defense secretary leon panetta says he's very concerned with north korea's continuing provocative behavior, but says that the u.s. is fully prepared to deal with. gordon chang, though, the author of "nuclear showdown: north korea takes on the world" says panetta's remarks are refreshingly candid, but says we should be paying attention, because north korea's words are an escalation in the rhetoric, and this time he thinks north korea has the capability to actually
criticism of her and the obama administration like this from a republican senator and potential 2016 presidential hopeful, rand paul. >> had i been president at the time and found you did not read the cables from benghazi, did not read the cables, i would have relieved you from your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> president obama picked senator john kerry to lead the state department after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. you'll recall rice caught a lot of flack over the benghazi attack. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. >>> we are still talking about this probably for the last time, though. an inaugural official told cnn that pop star beyonce did not sing the national anthem live on inauguration day. the official asked to not be identified and it was beyonce herself who made the decision the night before. >> now you think it's done? >> i don't think we'll hear from her at least not for a while on this subject. yesterday there was at least a mystery, did she or did she. now it appears she didn't. there you go. >>> the truth about manti te'o, the
right now and make this announcement. two very important positions as far as this obama administration is concerned. both require senate confirmation. >> what are does mary jo white do for diversity? a lot of criticism about diversity in the administration. >> she is a woman obviously and there is criticism that that he is not surrounding himself with enough women. he was talking to a bunch of guys. this will help a little bit. there will be more women down the road by white house officials and don't draw final conclusions about the gender and minority make up of this second term obama administration. the president will be aggressive in getting the excellent people from all sorts of backgrounds. i think let's see what he does. senior positions in the white house are opening up even as we speak right now and the president i'm sure will have a wight range of people being brought in. >> stick around with me for this announcement from the white house. we will take a break and we will be back on the other side. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk
or somalia don't turn into the safe hachs al qaeda had. outside afghanistan, the obama administration has been hesitant to put more boots on the ground. they will rely on drones. >> predators and reapers are the signature weapon on the war against al qaeda. >> president bush launched the first wave of drone strike, mostly targeting leaders in pakistan. president obama took office and increased the number of targets and expanded the target into yemen why where al qaeda was planning attacks and into lawless somalia. they have been working together in the areas and over the next years, officials want to specifically grow the partnership between intel and special operations forces. >> it is central to our ability to solve our most pressing security challenges. >> perhaps the most pressing is a cyber attack that disrupts services across the states. >> these could be a signer pearl harbor and cause physical destruction and the loss of life. >> it may not be physical destruction, but fiscal. computers crashing and files erased and bank accounts cleaned out. experts say the obama administration n
because there are so many e.u. trips that i have been on with the bush administration and the obama administration where they blame the united states for bringing down the rest of the world when it comes to its state of the economy. it looks like now things are almost reversed in a way. tell us about your conversation with cameron. >> when i interviewed prime minister cameron here in new york and he was sort of in the lion's den because he had thrown down the gauntlet with this speech about britain's position in the european union. britain is not fully in in terms of it is not part of the eurozone. it doesn't have the euro but in many aspects it is in and it is a full member. united states depends on britain for the very strong role in international affairs. it helps all over the place whether in trying to confront iran, syria and north korea with sanctions and plays a big role whether afghanistan, iraq. david cameron is saying we like our foreign role. we like you and our economic role in the e.u. but we don't want to be a part of your political role. he is trying to negotiate a ha
. but outside afghanistan, the obama administration has been hesitant to put more boots on the ground. so they'll continue to rely heavily on drones. >> predators and reapers are the signature weapon of the war against al qaeda. >> reporter: president bush launched the first wave of drone strikes, mostly targeting al qaeda leaders in pakistan. then president obama took office and increased the number of targets. he expanded the program into yemen, where al qaeda was planning attacks on the u.s. and sboob lawless somalia. the pentagon and cia have been working together in those areas. over the next four year, officials want to specifically grow the partnership between intel and special operations forces. >> it is central to our ability to solve our most pressing national security challenges. >> reporter: perhaps the most pressing, a cyber attack that instruments communication, transportation and vital services across multiple states. >> these kinds of attacks could be a cyber pearl harbor. an attack that would cause physical destruction and the loss of life. >> reporter: it may not even be phys
five and a half hours of children, there was also intense criticism of her and the obama administration, like this from republican senator rand paul. >> had i been president at the time and i found that you did not read the cables from benghazi, you did not read the cables from ambassador stevens, i would have relieved you of your post. i think it's inskewedabexcusabl >> some people are implying that the emotion you saw from secretary clinton was preplanned. so coming up in our next half hour, we're going to talk about that with senator ron johnson, who was one-half of the most heated exchange with the secretary. >>> of course less than three hours from now, senator john kerry will be in a nomination hearing for secretary of state. hillary clinton is expected to introduce kerry to the senate committee. president obama picked kerry to succeed clinton after susan rice withdrew her name. soledad. >> john, thanks. >>> an historic announcement happening later today. women will be allowed on the front lines of war. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and the joint chiefs chairman martin d
in the foirs two years of the obama administration. the democrats have the white house, the senate and congress, and they did nothing. i blame both of them, and i went during the presidential campaign, i pointed out that mitt romney had champions an assault weapon ban in massachusetts when he was governor, signed the bill, got it passed and signed it. president obama, when he was running four years ago, he championed an assault weapons ban, said he would try to get it in if he got elected, and neither did anything. i crit kzed both of them. this is not a partisan thing. somehow or another, connecticut children, you know, suburban, nice, normal ro an rockwell kin image in your mind. somehow or other, that has touched the american public's heart. >> mr. mayor, thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> still ahead, the interview people have been waiting for for decades. what did lange armstrong say to oprah winfrey, and will he apologize to the millions of people whose lives he tore apart. we'll ask what they'll be looking for. ♪ [ male announcer ] end your long week... with a weekend getaway. s
he might or the obama administration might carry that out in a place like algeria where that government and their military forces are making it clear they don't want outside help, might be pretty hard for the u.s. to live up to that promise at least for the moment. ashleigh? >> well, you know, barbara, we're four month from september 11th, we're in next door libya we still don't have an arrest of said terrorists who dared to do what they did to us, kill our ambassador and take out others who were serving in the mission there, so i love that tough talk. but, please, really, can we? >> yeah. no, i think you have actually just hit on it. everyone is now very anxious to say that north africa, mali, algeria, tunisia, libya, egypt, all of this is the new front for al qaeda, safe havens, the war on terror. a lot of words being thrown around, ashleigh, but action on the ground, being able to put military force into there and hunt down these north african al qaeda leaders and the cells of al qaeda, that's another thing. a lot of these countries are not anxious for outside force,
the obama administration, indeed, for the next four years. >> how much do you think this is going to be questioned about clearly this hostage incident has been remarkable in its nature. what's happening in mali, northern mali also remarkable in terms of the islamist strong hold in northern mali. how much have these two hearings, i should note she's going to be in front of the senate foreign relations committee at 9:00 eastern and the house foreign affairs committee at 2:00, how much of the hearings will be what we can look forward to in terms of problems? how much will be looking back at benghazi? >> i'd say probably half and half. i think there's going to be a lot of questions from republicans about the blunders that were made. four state department officials were put on administrative leave, resigned, forced to resign including the deputy secretary of state. why was he in benghazi on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, a day when everybody in the world was bracing for some sort of terrorist action? why was he there? why was he there with such limited security? and where were the libya
still have yet to find a way to pin down any of the obama administration officials for any tangible wrongdoings. >> fran, do you think it was a waste of time? >> i do think it was a waste of time. and it was unfortunate, anderson. you've had on family members on your program and i imagine myself as a family member if i had lost somebody watching this. look, it was a waste of time to ask secretary clinton about the talking points given to ambassador susan rice. >> and that's what -- they seemed to spend a lot of time on talking points given to susan rice. >> right. and yet when ambassador -- when secretary clinton sort of loses her temper in the senate hearing and says what difference does it make whether this resulted from a protest or some guys who went out for a walk and decided to kill americans, the right comeback to that was it does matter. if you're telling us you want to solve the prorks you have blem, understand what caused that. >> let's play the moment. where she got mad at senator johnson. >> again, we were misled that there were protests and then something sprang out of
, in fact, the reason why there is a second obama administration and that they are going to pay tribute to that tonight. all of those interviews coming up in the next hour. >> thanks, suzanne. >> i was going to say all work and no play makes suzanne a dull anchor. enjoy yourself. >> exactly. >> work can wait. as we all know, plans for the inauguration have been under way long before the country knew would mitt romney win or president obama get four more years? ahead, behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly. a. would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health. come with a little extra help in the kitchen. in a first of its kind partnership with walmart, humana medicare plans now include 5% savings on
, the secretary of state, hillary clinton, is counting down to a new beginning of her own. she's leaving the obama administration in a few weeks and a job that's transformed her image. cnn's kate baldwin was allowed inside secretary clinton's world and she spoke with some of the insiders who know her best. >> this is the second home of one of the world's most iconic women and we've been granted rare access as the country's top diplomat ends an unexpected four-year journey working for the man with whom she once traded blows. bitter rivals yet -- >> i endorse him and throw my full support behind him. >> just as hillary clinton showed her support for president obama, obama showed his faith in clinton. >> i have no doubt that hillary clinton is the right person to lead our state department and to work with me in tackling this ambitious foreign policy agenda. >> what was hillary clinton's initial reaction when you told her, look, they're considering you as a possibility for secretary of state? >> she didn't believe it. >> fell leap is one of clinton's closest aides. >> i e-mailed her, i think it was th
. >> senator kerry telling senator johnson he does not agree with the claim that the obama administration intentionally misled the american public about what happened at benghazi. >>> coming up, you're about to hear the voice mail left by the woman who pretended to be the football player manti te'o's girlfriend and his emotional response. ♪ reach one customer at a time? ♪ or help doctors turn billions of bytes of shared information... ♪ into a fifth anniversary of remission? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. using cloud computing and mobile technology, verizon innovators have developed a projective display for firefighters. allowing them to see through anything. because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions. powerful answers. verizon. good morning, turtle. ♪ my friends are all around me ♪ my friends, they do surround me ♪ ♪ i hope this never ends ♪ and we'll be the best of friends ♪ ♪ all set? all set. [ male announcer ] introducing the reimagined 2013 chevrolet traverse, with spaciou
their children. >> republican lawmakers have been fiercely critical, of course, of the obama administration's response to the attack in benghazi. then secretary clinton got a little fired up during some of the testimony. >> do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened wouldn't have ascertained immediately that there was no protests? i mean, that was -- that was a piece of information that could have been easily, easily obtained. >> well, but senator -- >> within hours if not days. >> senator, i -- you know, when you're in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on. >> i realize that -- >> number one. number two. >> i realize that's a good excuse. >> no, it's a fact. number two, i would recommend highly you read both what the ard said about it and the classified ard because even today there are questions being raised. now we have no doubt that they were terrorists, they were militants. they attacked us, they killed our people but what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing. >>
stories. the obama administration's push to expand gun control measures, the vice president delivers a high profile address to the u.s. conference of mayors, nearly 300 mayors are expected to attend. >>> firefighters trying to save people from a fire in russia, that was a chunk of snow that fell from the roof, he is up on a ladder four stories high, a fellow firefighter managed to hang on and help his colleague and amazingly able to save a small charge. >>> "american idol" is back for season 12. mariah carey and nicki minaj had something to do. >> if she calls me something that begins with a "b" and adds about an itch -- what is going on with you miss minaj? >> nothing. >> hundreds auditioned for the judges but so far i'm told there have been no major standouts. >> i'm going to steal that, just say to someone, i rebuke that. i don't even know what it means but it's awesome. i want to say that. ahead on "starting point," we're going to talk about the media's point in this manti te'o's story. should there have been more vetting into the girlfriend, considering we know now she didn't ex
, specifically the president's children, to illustrate what he calls elitist hypocrisy. the obama administration called that repug nant and cowardly. maria kor don't na and will cane are joining us. welcome to both of you. >> thank you, carol. >> maria, the president highlighted one little girl in particular. her name is julia stokes. she's 7 years old. she wrote this moving letter telling the she was afraid to lose her brother and sisters and rush limbaugh mocked her and the other children in attendance. >> i've been watching the children as human shields show that is now going on at the white house. boy, these guys are somber. biden was very somber. would have thought -- i've worked with this guy 27 hours a day. president barack obama. yay. the kids cheer. the president starts reading letters from the kids, got to do what the kids want, got to answer all of the letters from santa claus. got to do everything they want. but it is -- it's stunning. you look at what's happening in the country. >> should kids be in a position to be mocked, maria? >> certainly i agree that limbaugh is limbaugh and n
, and a blood clot, clinton pushed back on the assertion that initially the obama administration deliberately misled the public. >> and we were misled, that there was supposedly protests, and then something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that. >> with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead americans. was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night that decided they'd go kill some americans. what difference, at this point, does it make?! it is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator. >> reporter: it makes quite a bit of difference, of course, in the context of the global terrorist threat throughout northern africa, including, now, mali and algeria. >> there's no doubt that the algerian terrorists had weapons from libya. >> reporter: it also makes a difference to those republicans convinced that the administration was misleading. >> i categorically reject your answer to senator johnson. to say that it's because an investigation was going on. the american people deserve to kn
, to carry forward the obama administration's foreign policy and i urge his speedy confirmation. as we've heard from both the chairman and ranking member, as we just heard from senator warren, he will bring about a leadership that is ex am plear. he has acted as the young returning veteran from vietnam who appeared before this committee through the time that he served with such distinction as its chairman. he's been a valued partner to this administration and to me personally. he has fought for our diplomats and development experts. he understands the value of investing in america's global leadership. and as we work to implement the accountability review boards recommendations, he's committed to doing whatever it takes to prevent another attack and protect our people and posts around the world. now, working together we've achieved a great deal but the state department and usaid have a lot of unfinished business from afghanistan to proliferation to climate change and so much. we need to continue to ramp up economics as a tool for advancing america interests and jobs, pressing forward wi
up the latino vote. going forward in his second term, the obama administration can expect the latino community will keep a close eye on whether or not the president can deliver his promise on comprehensive immigration reform. nick valencia, cnn. >> so given the la to inknow voter support, it is no surprise the president has set immigration reform as a top priority for his second term. now gun control has also vaulted to the top of that list. those are also big priorities for los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa. he joins me now. it's always great to see you. >> great to be with you and john and kate, as well. >> mayor, you sent a letter recently to vice president biden as he was working on his gun control proposals. you had some suggestions for him. what did you say? >> we need universal background checks. 40% of all the gun sales don't require a background check because they're private sales. we need to toughen our gun laws. we need assault weapons ban. we need to make sure that we deal with gun trafficking and what they call straw purchasers. these are people that buy guns legall
for the obama administration, which has had a tense relationship with the right wing netanyahu government. >>> and here's a fun one. a big shake up at the top of the twitterverse. justin bieber now has the most twitter followers in the world, surpassing the previous title holder. who would that be? lady gaga. at last count, twitter has 33,351,695 people hanging on his every tweet, pushing gaga into second place, followed by rihanna, katy perry, president obama, and closely thereafter, wolf blitzer. @katebaldwin, @wolfblitzer. we'll pick up a few right now. >>> a vicious second term agenda. could democrats be the biggest obstacle for president obama. we'll ask the chair of the democratic party, representative debbie wasserman schultz. she's standing by live. officemax can help you drive supply costs down... and down. use your maxperks card and get a 10-ream case of officemax multiuse paper for just 4.99 after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big deals now... at officemax. trying to find a better job can likbe frustrating.gs, so at university of phoenix we're working with a growing list
that in an inaugural address? >> it's a little bit surprising, but given his history, the obama administration's history with the repeal of don't ask, don't tell and also his revolution of gay marriage, it's not that surprising. >> what about you, greg? you were surprised he specifically mentioned stonewall. >> i was surprised that he mentioned stonewall because it's not something you hear when they talk about civil rights, especially from a president, so that really struck me when he said that. >> what do you think it does for gay people not only in this country but around the world? >> i hope it pushes us forward and makes us equal with everyone else, included with everyone else in the country. >> do you feel an additional sense of pride having heard the president mention that today? >> yes, i do. i really do. it makes me feel good to be an american right now and makes me think things will be better in the future. >> thanks pho boto both of you, thanks to the students from kentucky who stood around and waite waited. for you, it was really a speech about better equality? >> i think speeches a
on what was a very momentous day today for president obama and his administration, and i think for america? >> well, look. i think this is a really polarizing issue. there are people who, you know -- i think most americans are pretty reasonable out there about this, whether you're in the nra or not, that there is some sort of limit. can you have a tank? i mean, i'd like to have a tank. i think that would be kind of fun. >> we would all love to have a tank. >> i'd like to have a locomotive too, but i don't have one. >> do you believe the constitution gives you the right to have a tank? >> well, i think the constitution -- when the founding fathers wrote the constitution, i don't think they envisioned, you know, rapid-fire weapons or anything like that. much like, you know, when they wrote certain things in the bible. they didn't know anything else. so it was of the time. so i think this is something that is open to interpretation. >> how do you get through the debate when i have two conservatives on there who basically didn't agree with a single one of the president's proposals today, not o
in the administration a man of integrity. former obama aide was chief domestic policy adviser. >> dennis traveled extensively with the president. when you spend day in and day out with someone in a high stakes, very stressful set of circumstances, you get to know them well. i think they think very similarly but at the same time they are very straightforward and honest with each other. dennis isn't afraid to challenge the president. >> barns said that while m mcdonough is known for his foreign policy shops, he will be able to handle the issues. and he knows how capitol hill works. something that will be crucial in the coming fiscal fights. now, the suspected announcement comes as the president is criticized for a lack of diversity among to have staffers. his choices for secretary of defense, secretary of defense, secretary of treasury and cia director are all men. wolf? >> athena jones at the white house with the latest on that, an important position indeed. thank you. >>> monday's inauguration is a big day for president obama. historic day for the entire country. it's also a
's me! >> it's really brilliant what she's done in keeping a secret. in previous administrations, while there was always interest in what the first lady wore, there was never this read carpet moment. >> reporter: red was definitely on her mind. an exclusive look at jason wu's sketch of the obama gown, and clearly there was something here that caught the first lady's eye. in choosing wu, she once again puts the taiwanese born designer, who lives in new york, on the biggest world stage. not to be forgotten, another outfit on display. the one the first lady wore on inauguration morning. her choice this time? coat and dress by american designer thom browne. we tracked him down at his hotel in paris. celebrating the moment. >> you can never predict life to happen this way, and i'm so fortunate, so honorsed that she chose mine. >> reporter: the 47-year-old designer choes fabric based on men's silk ties. >> i had an idea that the president would be wearing navy, and i wanted to do something where she would look really good with him. and i chose a dark navy tie, which actually a silk jacquard f
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